2021-04-10
Winnipeg Jets
Montreal Canadiens
League : NHL

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets Prediction & Preview



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The Winnipeg Jets reminded the hockey world once again why they have one of the best offenses in the NHL with a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Despite losing their top-line center and captain for the next week of action in Blake Wheeler, the Jets continued to find goals in the offensive zone and on the odd-man rush. The Canadiens hope they can even the mini-series with a win but will have to hope to play better defensively to counter that offense.

 

 

Jets offense is hard to stop

The Winnipeg Jets have won 24 of their 40 games this season and have looked like one of the best teams in the North Division throughout the season. Despite losing Blake Wheeler for the recent games for concussion-like symptoms, the Jets still possess a great and deep offense that is scoring 3.2 goals per game with 6 skaters scoring more than 10 goals on the season thus far. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers have combined for 34 goals this season while Mark Scheifele and Andrew Copp have combined for 28 goals on the season.

 

The offense was expected to be good this season but the defense has been more than impressive and has been what has put the team over the top, allowing only 2.6 goals per game. The duo of Neal Pionk and Josh Morrisey have combined for 4 defensive point shares and 115 blocked shots while Derek Forbort, Dylan Demelo, and Logan Stanley have combined for 5.2 defensive point shares. In addition, Connor Hellebuyck is having an incredible season in the net, allowing only 2.5 goals per game and saving .920 percent of shots.

Canadiens defense has led the way this season

The Canadiens have won 17 of their 37 games this season and still hold the final spot in the North Division playoff picture. What has carried the team this season has been their defense, which is allowing only 2.7 goals per game. Joel Edmunson and Jeff Petry have combined for 5.3 defensive point shares and 87 blocked shots as arguably one of the best top pairings in the NHL. In addition, Carey Price has played well in the net, as usual, allowing only 2.6 goals per game, but now he has a backup who has helped immensely in Jake Allen, who is allowing only 2.3 goals per game and saving .919 percent of shots.

 

The defense has played well but the offense has displayed depth in their scoring, helping the team look playoff-caliber, averaging 3.1 goals per game. Tyler Toffoli has led the unit with 19 goals but Josh Anderson and Jeff Petry have combined for 25 goals this season. The question will be how the team replaces the 14 goals from Brendan Gallagher who is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.







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